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In 2012, both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners got a chance to revisit an iconic franchise. Silent Hill with the Silent Hill HD Collection was that. This collection included the second game, which will soon be remade, as well as a, remaster of the third game, which was released in 2003. If you’re curious about what changes the HD Collection made in the second game. Check out the comparison video here from ElAnalistaDeBits. In fact, this comparison opens with a scene from the trailer of the remake, just a very different angle of it. However, the announcement of the upcoming remake is the reason I decided to reinstall this and return to the classic. Welcome to Silent Hill 2 HD.

Sadly my PlayStation 2 has long since departed. However, I have played and beaten the original on there a few times over the past couple of decades. The Xbox 360 version is backward compatible so footage from Silent Hill 2 HD is captured from Xbox Series X. This is with the console running the 360 emulation. It’s also captured in 4K. As I’m eagerly awaiting the remake it was interesting to see how a game from 2001 will hold up in 2022.

Silent Hill 2 HD In The Modern Day

I switched the 3D control type to the 2D and found it far more playable. We know it’ll be adapted for modern consoles for the remake. So a Resident Evil 2-type remake looks to be what will be made. Visually it looks pretty impressive for a game of its age. I also captured from the HD remaster a couple of scenes to compare with the trailer of the upcoming remake.

Silent Hill 2 Remake
One of the early scenes in-game has been faithfully recreated in the remake as we see above.

So if you’re eager to play a classic, the HD remaster of the original holds up really well. The fog effects still give an eery feel and the character models look good for the time period. Add to the fact it’s still fairly comfortable to play. Meaning in my opinion the game has stood the test of time.

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